University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow

Professional Legal Practice

This highly practical programme has been designed by practising lawyers to replicate the work that they do when students commence their traineeship, ensuring that our students will be confident and competent trainee solicitors.

Entry requirements

To be a candidate for the Diploma, applicants must: possess a law degree from a Scottish university, or a qualification accepted by the Senatus as equivalent thereto; have passed or obtained exemption from the professional examinations of the Law Society of Scotland in those subjects required in terms of the Admission as Solicitor (Scotland) Regulations; notwithstanding the requirements of paragraph 2, the Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice shall have discretion to admit the applicant if they are deficient in 1 element of these requirements, but could satisfy them during the period of study for the Diploma; students are awarded the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice until those requirements are satisfied; the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice is a requirement for entry to either branch of the legal profession in Scotland; to qualify for admission to the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, applicants must have graduated, or be qualified to graduate with an LLB from a Scottish university; applicants must have successfully completed classes which comprise the Law Society of Scotland�s professional curriculum, which is usually completed during the first 2 years of an LLB.

Course modules

Core courses: criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy, evidence, and procedure and negotiation); civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, rules of procedure, evidence, negotiation and pre-action protocols); property law and conveyancing (incorporating commercial leases); private client (incorporating wills, trusts, deeds of variation and guardianship); business, ethics, finance and practice awareness. Optional courses: advanced civil litigation (incorporating advocacy, remedies, debates, proofs and appeals); advanced criminal litigation (incorporating advocacy); commercial contracts (subject to approval); commercial conveyancing (subject to approval); corporate; family law (incorporating negotiation, mediation, collaboration and litigation); human rights (incorporating employment, asylum and immigration, legislative competence, children's hearing referrals); contemporary Scottish public law.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (EU fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (home fees) 9 months
PgDip Full-time £ 7,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 9 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Glasgow Glasgow G12 8QQ Scotland

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